ret·​ro·​gres·​sion | \ ˌre-trə-ˈgre-shən How to pronounce retrogression (audio) \

Definition of retrogression

2 : return to a former and less complex level of development or organization

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social instability that has led to a retrogression of moral values and standards of decent behavior
Recent Examples on the Web For Fantom, his card showed nines of 40 and 39 for his 79, but his win wasn’t official until through retrogression, his score on the eighth handicap hole, was a stroke better better than that of Patterson Mill’s Brandon Palen, who also shot 79. Randy Mcroberts,, "Winters Run Golf Club hosts much needed golf event for 28 local high school golfers," 24 Oct. 2020 This duplicity is, as the museum called it, part of the American paradox: a museum that represents both stagnancy and change, advancement and retrogression, black America and the rest. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "The Smithsonian’s Black-History Museum Will Always Be a Failure and a Success," 24 Oct. 2019 Such were the devolutions and betrayals in those days, and retrogressions to the ways of shame. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "The Book of Donald," 4 Oct. 2018 The plan will avoid retrogression in the position of racial minorities and language minorities as defined in the Voting Rights Act with respect to their effective exercise of the electoral franchise. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land appoints redistricting committee, solicits public input," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of retrogression

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Retrogression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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Medical Definition of retrogression

: a reversal in development or condition: as
a : return to a former and less complex level of development or organization
b : subsidence or decline of symptoms or manifestations of a disease

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